Professional Research Assistant

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Professional Research Assistant

A full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position is available in the Department of Pathology at University of Colorado Denver. The PRA will be involved in various laboratory procedures including analysis of clinical samples by molecular biology methods with a focus on assays including, but not limited to, DNA sequencing, real-time PCR and next generation DNA sequencing (NGS). This position will involve testing of human tumor and blood samples for genetic changes in a clinical laboratory environment. The PRA will be primarily involved in clinical testing and may be involved in the development of new clinical assays.

The PRA's duties will include a variety of laboratory functions. Laboratory duties may be assigned involving analysis of clinical and research samples, including but not limited to: histological management of specimens, microdissection, DNA extraction, various molecular assays including sequencing, real-time PCR, next generation sequencing, data analysis, assay result interpretation, and proper maintenance and management of laboratory records. The PRA will also participate in quality control/quality assurance activities, as well as general lab duties such as reagent lot validation and inventory management. The PRA will also be assigned various laboratory maintenance projects. The laboratory operates in compliance with CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) standards and inspected by the CAP (College of American Pathologists). As such, the candidate should have knowledge of the requirements for working in a clinical laboratory environment, and any previous experience in a clinical laboratory, ISO certified laboratory or laboratory carrying other certifications is preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Minimum Qualifications:

BA / BS degree or above, with a minimum of two years of molecular biology laboratory experience, and a good theoretical understanding of the molecular biology techniques including but not limited to: nucleic acid isolation and PCR techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

Reliable, punctual, and motivated in their work. Attention to details, diligence in data recording/documentation, strict adherence to established assay protocols and laboratory policies/procedures, strong organizational skills and work well within a team.

Training in biochemistry, molecular biology, and / or genetics with a theoretical understanding and experience in interpretation of molecular assay results.

Experienced in meeting CLIA and CAP standards / requirements. Applicants with previous experience in a CLIA certified setting, or with clinical laboratory credentials such as MB, ASCP are encouraged to apply.

Next generation sequencing assay experience a plus. Histotechnology and/or microdissection experience is a plus.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 9575

When applying, applicants must include:

  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20112 - SOM-Pathology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Joe Wozniak

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00608312





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Posted: 11/7/2018
Application Due: 1/6/2019
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